This unit explores and applies structural principles relevant to the erection or demolition of low and medium rise residential structures using conventional methods. The design and construction of medium rise buildings require the input of a range of skilled professionals, including architects and engineers. The building and construction professional plays a significant role within this project team and advocates effective communication with building design professionals, and develops sound and safe practices in relation to structural procedures on site.

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NBC1101 - Maths for Builders

NBC1103 - Basic Structural Mechanics

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Apply structural principles when planning the erection or demolition of a structure;  
  2. Analyse and plan for the structural integrity of Class1 and Class 10 buildings;  
  3. Develop the planning, coordination and management procedures for the laying of footings and floor system, building of structural and non-structural wall systems, the building of roof system and the external wall cladding of structure;  
  4. Exemplify effective communication with a range of skilled professionals, including architects and engineers; and  
  5. Develop sound and safe practices in relation to structural procedures on site.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Test In-Class Test 1 (30 minutes) 10%
Test In-Class Test 2 (45 minutes) 15%
Assignment One (1) Team Case Study report submitted in two parts. Part 1 30% (1000 words) Part 2 35% (1550 words) 65%
Presentation Oral Presentation 10%

Required reading

The textbooks listed below are recommended texts only.

Barry's advanced construction of buildings 3rd ed.
Barry., R. (2014)

Principles of Structures
Wyatt., K. (2013)
Taylor & Francis Ltd

Principles of Structural Design 2nd ed.
Gupta (2014)
CRC Press

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